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The Lucky One

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive-a photograph he found of a woman he doesn`t even know. Learning her name is Beth (Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 19 Apr 2012
Genre: Drama / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 41 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES
Cast: Zac Efron, Taylor Schiling, Blythe Danner, Jay R. Ferguson
Director: Scott Hicks
Format: NA

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Writer: Peter Chai

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Watch this if you liked: “Dear John”, “Charlie St. Cloud” & “The Notebook”

As readers find it hard to resist themselves from reading the gratifying story in Nicholas Sparks's novels, the same can be said for movie fanatics that come to realise the beautiful plot that are witnessed based on the American writer's bestselling pieces. This time, Australian director Scott Hicks follows the footsteps of Nick Cassavetes ("The Notebook") and Lasse Hallstrom ("Dear John") to bring one of Sparks' touching stories to the silver screen with "The Lucky One".

In "The Lucky One", U.S Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) returns to his normal life after years of having his military service in Iraq. After losing his compatriots in the war, Logan struggles to live due to the war aftermath. A picture of a mysterious girl named Beth (Taylor Schilling) is claimed by Logan as the reason that keeps him alive under the massive attacks, while others are being sacrificed in the ravages of war. He travels across the country to search for Beth and goes through life's ups and downs with her in a tumultuous romantic relationship.

It feels awkward to watch a young, good-looking Efron, to fall deeply in love with someone who is noticeably older than him. His boyish image does not match him well with Schilling's maturity and thus audiences might be contemplating that some older and more experienced actor could replace the 25-year-old star for the lead character of Logan.

After getting through the movie, all one can recall is a lot of fantasy-like situations with physically attractive bodies and non-stop kisses between the main cast under the beautiful sunset at an American countryside.

Looking at the other aspect of the story, the plot of "The Lucky One" has the ability to move ones heart with the exploration of grief through Beth's tough experience as a single mother who has been controlled by her ex-husband.

In conclusion, Efron's 'hotness' factor does not save the movie and this Nicholas Sparks adaptation is not as good as the author's previous film adaptations due to its lack of depth in storytelling and casting choices.

Cinema Online, 07 May 2012
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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